The Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts is open! Although crews are still installing technology, special lighting and audio in the Jerome Johnson Richardson Theatre, people can visit the building over the summer to see three incredible exhibits:

Passion for Painting: The Art of Sir Winston Churchill is on exhibit in the Richardson Family Art Museum now through Sept. 16. In addition to 10 Churchill paintings, the exhibition includes memorabilia from the skilled statesman who led the British during World War II. These pieces are on loan from the National Churchill Museum, part of the collection of the family of the late Julian Sandys, grandson of Churchill.

The Mountains Are Calling: High Seasons in the Carolinas from the Johnson Collection offers a study of the landscapes of the American South on exhibit through Sept. 16 in the Richardson Family Art Museum. Beyond the inaugural display, the Johnson Collection will lend annual curated exhibits to the museum. The Johnson Collection was founded in 2002 by Susan Phifer “Susu” Johnson and George Dean Johnson ’64.

Printemps des Arts: Subtleties of Resistance and Renewal in the Richardson Family Art Gallery features the works of three Tunisian artists through Aug. 19. The show is curated by Meghan Curran ’19 as her capstone project for her Middle Eastern and North African studies program. The 27 pieces are from the collection of Dr. Cathy Jones, a professor at Converse College.

While you’re in the building, also enjoy the breathtaking glass sculptures of Dale Chihuly, a permanent fixture and tribute from Jerry Richardson ’59 to his wife and building namesake, Rosalind. Exhibit hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m., with extended hours Thursdays until 9 p.m.

Visit this summer then return in the fall for a play, a musical performance and new art exhibitions. The campus and Spartanburg communities will celebrate the official opening of the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m.

Please join us!